Saturday, June 20, 2020

Phantoms by Mikey Bean Review

It took me more than 3 months to finish this! The world went to shit, and I didn't feel like reading at all, so it's been sitting on my living room table and been used to prop my DJ controller up, hahaha.

It's quite the monster of a book, it's huge! Over 600 A4 pages. Each page has two columns, and it's written kind of in an interview style. There are little pictures sprinkled throughout, mostly of flyers, but they don't take up much of the book, really. The chapters are kind of split into bands, so it goes a little back and forth, but I think it was a much better choice following a couple of bands, the people and scene around them than going chronologically.

I absolutely love reading bands tell crazy stories from back in the day, so I immediately knew I'd like this book. I'm not very knowledgeable on deathrock, so this was a really cool insight into the history and what the scene was like. I learned about new bands, musicians other people in the scene back then.

I don't really have much to say specifically, it's kind of hard to recall all the thoughts I've had about it since it has taken me so long, but yeah, I found it really interesting to read people's stories and see pictures. If you're a fan of deathrock and want to learn about how that scene was back in the day, I definitely recommend it. Just be aware that it will probably take a long time to read it! It's the perfect coffee table book, you could flip through it and read any chapter you want at any time.

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